How is Tracy Morgan doing after the 2014 car crash that left him severely injured? We're about to see for ourselves. The 30 Rock alum's new show, The Last O.G., premieres tonight, April 3. The TBS comedy marks a triumphant return for Tracy — since that accident could have ended his life or, at least, left him unable to perform.
On June 7, 2014, Tracy and his friends were traveling along the New Jersey Turnpike — returning from a comedy show in Delaware — when a Walmart truck collided with their van. Tracy and three other passengers were hurt in the wreck. James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, Tracy's friend and comedy mentor, was killed.
Among other injuries, Tracy suffered a brain trauma and was even comatose for the first birthday of his daughter Maven. After lengthy physical therapy, however, he resurfaced at the 2015 Emmy Awards and received a standing ovation from the adoring audience. (The driver of the Walmart truck later pleaded guilty to one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Tracy sued Walmart for negligence in 2014 and settled for an undisclosed amount the following year.)
In February 2017, the comedian opened up about the scary saga during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "[Doctors] gave me a 2-percent chance of living, but God gave me a second chance," he told Ellen. "I know my purpose in the world is to spread love, especially in the world right now that we're living in."
And in July, he said he was "doing fine" as he promoted The Last O.G. at the Television Critics Association press tour. "I don't know how I'm going to be feeling tomorrow, but that's none of my business," he added. "I know what I feel right now and I feel great. I feel fine."
"I could've lost my life, so I'm here now, and I'm going to do it right and that's what this show is based on," the now-49-year-old added. "If you've seen the show, you've seen I'm going to do [life] right. A lot of stuff will change if you're going to do it right."